MLS board supports expansion to 28 clubs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Major League Soccer’s board of governors said Saturday that it supports expansion to 28 clubs, and also backed the proposed stadium location in Miami for a future expansion team owned by David Beckham and his partners.

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The league’s current expansion plans call for 24 teams by 2020, with Atlanta, Los Angeles and Minnesota joining in the next three years and Miami taking a step to becoming the 24th team.

“There is no shortage of demand for MLS expansion teams and we believe the opportunity exists to grow beyond our current plans,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “We will evaluate how to grow the league to 28 teams and establish a process and timeline for future expansion.”

Beckham’s group plans to locate the stadium in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood.

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“Their vision for a world-class venue within the urban core that is accessible by mass transportation is impressive, and we believe it will be an important part of the continued revitalization of the area,” Garber said. “We look forward to working with David and his partners to finalize plans to bring Major League Soccer to Miami.”

MLS also said it will take a two-week break from June 2-14 next year for the Copa America Centenario tournament, and noted that all matches during the final weekend of the regular season will be played on the same day and in the same time slot.